Digital devices don’t always last as long as you expect. Whether yours is an iPhone, a laptop, an iPad, or any other gadget, it can stop working after a few days, months, or even years of use.
People often joke that Google or Apple devices have built-in timers that cause them to malfunction after a couple of years of use. Therefore, you may have to buy a new device.
The longer you use your device, the more problems you’re likely to encounter. Why not take advantage of your phone and use it fully before its value drops?
For example, the iPad has a long life expectancy. However, you can experience alerts and slowdowns because your device storage is full. Tune up your iPad to prolong its lifespan and save money on new purchases. Here’re how:
1) Keep Your iPad Software Current and Up-to-Date
Routine Apple software updates introduce new features, fix bugs or errors, and enhance your general performance. When you install updates, the operating system of your iPad becomes smoother, faster, and more secure.
Turn on automatic updates and put on the switch. Go to Settings then General then Software Update, and finally, select Automatic Updates.
Your device will download updates automatically and install them overnight. However, manual updates give you control over the updates of your iPad.
2) Create Backup for Your iPad
Your device may stop working as it gets older. Even if your tablet or smartphone is still brand new, backup is important.
Turn on your iCloud Backup. Go to Settings and click once on your name at the top of the open window. Click on the iCloud button then iCloud Backup and turn on the switch.
Whenever your iPad connects to the internet and has enough power, it automatically starts backup. You can also use iTunes on a PC or Finder on a Mac to manually back up your device.
Find out more information about new device features, hidden features, and relevant gestures once your device begins to work properly.
3) Increase Your Battery Life
The battery life of devices usually drop with continued use, hence the need to increase it. You can disable unnecessary connections, change the brightness of your display, and limit the number of apps that refresh in the background.
Avoid using your iPad in extremely hot or cold environments. Any temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 95 degrees F can damage your battery long-term. The temperatures reduce your battery life significantly.
Moreover, don’t charge your iPad fully if you intend to store it for a few weeks or longer. Always charge your device up to 50% to prolong its life.
4) Use Cases and Screen Protectors
When done cleaning your iPad, put a case on it. Available in different designs, materials, styles, and colors, cloth your device in a case of your choice. Custom leather iPad cases are also stylish and protective.
Cases protect phones from accidental drops and keep them clean. A case will ensure that your iPad is in a good condition. This can increase the value of your device in case you want to resell it.
Similarly, a screen protector safeguards the casing of your device from dirt and scratches. Cases and screen protectors can make your device last a lifetime.
5) Set a Schedule to Delete All Unused Apps
Unlike Windows and Android phones with lots of preloaded bloatware, iPads and iPhones experience some sort of self-inflicted bloat.
Most apps in phones get used once, twice, or thrice only, taking up so much space in your device. When this happens, your iPad deteriorates in performance.
Your music catalog and photo library can also consume lots of space in your gadget. Similarly, if your subscription for Apple Arcade expires, you end up with a folder of games you’re unable to play.
Create a monthly schedule to remove all unnecessary bloat in your system. Set a reminder on your calendar to ensure that you don’t forget to clean your phone. Routine maintenance allows you to improve the speed of your sluggish and slow device without replacing it.
Go to General then iPad Storage to remove all unnecessary apps in your device. Look for storage hogs and deal with them. Anything from podcast downloads and audiobooks should go.
Always store your downloads and other files in the cloud, but not your local storage.
6) Clean Your iPad
A clean iPad looks and feels better than its dirty counterparts. Make sure that your charging port is efficient and clean, and keep debris away from your keyboard for continued use.
You need a toothpick for port cleaning, microfiber cloths and disinfectant wipes to remove dirt and grime off your device. However, you need no fancy equipment.
7) Use Security Face ID and Passcode
Passcodes and face IDs can also protect your device from unauthorized access.
When a potential thief knows that your iPad has a security face ID and password, he’s likely to reconsider stealing your device. The authorization techniques help deter theft, ensuring that you use your gadget for longer.
Your iPad can last a lifetime if you take care of it well. Cleaning the surface of your device, keeping the software up-to-date, using authorization protocols, improving your battery life, and using cases and screen protectors can enhance the life of your device